Says They Are Not Loud Enough
By Patrick Biddah
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu in the Central region, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has questioned the commitment of religious leaders in the fight against homosexuality.
The controversial legislature, who will not mince words in his attack against religious leaders, subjected them to scrutiny, asking how vociferous they have been in their opposition to the practice of gayism and lesbianism.
He said, the level of perceived opposition by these religious leaders is not loud enough to successfully reject an attempt to legalised the practice in Ghana.
Mr Afenyo-Markin, who went all out, asked both Islamic and Christian leaders about the number of times they have made it a topic for sermon by preaching against it.
Contributing to a statement made by the MP for Ledzokuku, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye on the floor of the House yesterday, Mr Afenyo Markin stressed:”It is not enough to just say you don’t like homosexuality “.
“The Bible and the Holy Quran I know frowns on it, but these religious leaders must be seen preaching about it in the churches and the mosques”, he noted.
Mr. Afenyo-Markin, who appeared to be off the hook, further took a swipe at the media for doing little against the fight.
No Ghanaian media house, he noted, has made it a policy to consistently talk about homosexuality as a way of sensitizing the populace to be up against the legalization of homosexuality in Ghana.
For there to be a grand effort at effectively sensitizing Ghanaians and pushing back any effort at legalization homosexuality by the West, the Effutu Law maker suggested the introduction of lessons at both early childhood and primary schools as a way of alerting children of the harmful practice of homosexuality, in view of sexually transmitted diseases.
The MP, also took a swipe at those who practice homosexuality. In his words, respectable and prominent people in society are themselves homosexuals, but will come out publicly to condemn the act when it is their way of life, further calling them pretenders.
Interestingly, his comments which sought to expose those who have done little to talk about the practice appeared to have been shot down, when other MPs, who caught the Speaker’s eye to comment on the statement, rather spoke loudly against it.
The Member of Parliament for Madina, Alhaji Saddique Boniface despite being in a period of Fasting as a Muslim, asked what makes people get into homosexuality since there was nothing enjoyable about same sex affair.
The Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak, who is also the MP for Asawase in the Ashanti region, waded into the debate when he called on African leaders to look into the faces of those pushing the agenda about their rejection.
It is an act of madness, which needs psychiatric examination, he said calling on right thinking people not to see it as a human rights issue.
In his comments to bring the debate to a close, the second deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Alban Sumana Bagbin, called the bluff of the West , indicating that there is no country in Africa now which is the small boy or girl of any super country and will not just kowtow to any demand.
He gave hope to the House, when he said if it becomes necessary, a Motion will be tabled to present the position of the HOUSE to government, which would become binding and the position of Ghana on HOMOSEXUALITY.